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University of Exeter Medical School

Professor Ian Fussell

Professor Ian Fussell

Associate Pro Vice Chancellor Education

 Medical School Building F.02


Medical School Building, St Luke's Campus, Magdalen Road, Exeter, EX1 2LU, UK


Ian has worked in Cornwall as a doctor since 1990 and for the Medical School since it first opened in the South West 19 years ago. He was the Deputy Medical Director for Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Primary Care Trust with responsibilities including oversight of the GP Performers List, serious untoward event investigations, leading the regional GP Appraisal Team and quality monitoring of general practice. He has been a member of the national Revalidation Development Team and a Cabinet Member of the Association for Medical Humanities.

Until 2018 he was the BMBS Community Sub Dean in Cornwall, the Clinical SSU Lead and a module lead on the MSc in Clinical Education in Exeter. He was appointed as the Associate Dean for Education for the College of Medicine and Health in March 2019 following 5 months as the interim Vice Dean of Education. In 2022 he was appointed as the Associate Pro Vice Chancellor for Education in the new Faculty of Health and Life Science.

Ian is a clinician working as a GP in the Emergency Department at Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro, having previously been a GP partner for over 20 years. 

He is interested in the use of humanities in medical education, event medicine and planetary health. He organises teams of medical students to help provide first aid care at Glastonbury Festival and supervises students visiting a medical school in Ethiopia where he helped establish a link. He is a trustee of a charity helping bring fresh water to the region in conjunction with the Red Cross. In 2021 he led a bid to run a creative project with the with the Met Office for COP 26 and the G7 Summit and is now working on an international project for Cop 27.

Ian is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a full Professor.


  • BMBS
  • BMedSci(Hons)
  • PGCE


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External Engagement and Impact

Committee/panel activities

Medical Schools Council Board Member 

MSC Clinical Staffing and Employment Sub-Committee member

Reviewer for Clinical Teacher

External Examiner Positions

External Examiner, MBBS Imperial College, London

External Examiner, MBBS, Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, Singapore

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  • Academic Tutor
  • Specialy Study Unit (SSU) provider in Medical Humanities (Medical School of Rock)
  • Lectures/Workshops/Tutorials throughout the BMBS programme



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